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| 12 min

Sigwan relate la touchante histoire d'une jeune fille qui trouve réconfort et conseil auprès des animaux de la forêt. Scénarisé et réalisé par l'éminente cinéaste Alanis Obomsawin, le film se penche sur les graves questions de l'exclusion et des préjugés, qui sévissent dans nombre de communautés du monde entier. Le film haute définition Sigwan est une allégorie simple et inspirante sur l'acceptation, soutenue par des images éblouissantes.

  • conception
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • None
    Alanis Obomsawin
    Alison Burns
    Ambroise Obomsawin
    Lysanne Obomsawin
  • direction
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • camera
    Philippe Amiguet
  • location sound
    Raymond Marcoux
  • original music
    Francis Grandmont
  • musician
    Francis Grandmont
    Jean-Félix Mailloux-Desjardins
    Claude Vendette
  • cast
    Sylvi-Anne Siouï Trudel
    Sigwanis Lachapelle
    Guillaume Wawanolet
    Sophy Wawanolet
    Sébastien Gill
    Pierre-Luc Grenier
    Louis Msadoques
    Steve Obomsawin
    Fabrice Hannis Grandmont
    Mylène Trudeau
    Dawn Obomsawin
    Daniel Paul
    Kevin Cloutier
    Charles Gariépy
    Mathieu Obomsawin Gauthier
    Rodrigo Brinckhaus
  • voice
    George Bordeleau
    Sophy Wawanolet
    Richard Kistabish
    Martine Rochette
  • theatre masks
    Sylvi-Anne Siouï Trudel
  • masks
    Elaheh Mottahedeh
  • wardrobe manager
    Annie Alexander
  • moccasins
    Carolyn Cote
  • photographs
    André Gill
  • animation
    Benoît Chagnon
  • sound editing
    Leopoldo Gutierrez
  • editing technical support
    Chaz Oliver
  • foley effects
    Stéphane Cadotte
  • foley recording
    Luc Léger
  • music recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
    Sylvain Cajelais
  • titles
    Louise Overy
  • online editing
    Denis Pilon
  • props assistant
    Rodrigo Brinckhaus
  • sound mixer
    Shelley Craig
  • technician sound operation centre
    Daniel Trépanier
    Sylvain Cajelais
  • administration
    Marie Tonto-Donati
    Nickie Merulla
  • production coordinator
    Christine Williams
  • technical coordinator
    Claude Cardinal
    Linda Payette
  • producer
    Alanis Obomsawin
  • executive producer
    Sally Bochner


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Ages 8 to 16

Ethics and Religious Culture - Ethical Values
Indigenous Studies - Issues and Contemporary Challenges

How does filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin go about depicting exclusion and prejudice? Does the representation of the circle among Canada’s First Peoples turn up in other cultures? If yes, name those peoples, and explain the significance of the circle in each of them. (The teacher should compare students’ answers.) How does Obomsawin illustrate the relationships between humans and animals from the Native perspective? What can we learn from the parable about recognition?

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